Made up of teachers, ex-teachers, business representatives and local community members, the role of Kilvington’s Board is to ensure that the School retains a secure financial footing, as well as continuing to grow and positively expand. All decisions affecting Kilvington’s future welfare are discussed by the Board before their implementation. The Board members are dedicated to ensuring Kilvington’s future academic and financial success.
Professor Jayashri Kulkarni MBBS, MPM, FRANZCP, PhD, AM – Board Chair
Professor Jayashri Kulkarni, MBBS, MPM, FRANZCP, PhD was appointed as the chair of Kilvington’s Board in April 2012. She is an Old Kilvonian and has two daughters, both who have graduated from Kilvington. Jayashri has had a long and distinguished career working at Monash University specialising in the field of mental health. She is currently the Professor and Director of the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre.
An expert in Women’s Mental Health, Jayashri was elected the President of the International Association of Women’s Mental Health, a role she commenced in 2017.
Jayashri was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) as part of the Queen’s Birthday Awards 2019 for her outstanding contribution to medicine in the field of psychiatry.
Gail Bergmann, Bachelor of Business (Accounting), Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants, Australia
Gail was appointed to the Board in December 2012 and her expertise is in the field of governance, audit and risk management. Gail has been a Director of Risk Services at Deloitte, a Principal at Ernst & Young and is currently the Manager of Internal Audit at IDP Education. During the course of her career Gail has developed policies, procedures and frameworks to assist many clients both in Australia and overseas. She has had numerous articles published and is a key note speaker at conferences and seminars.
Leanne Whitechurch, B.A., LL.B (Hons), LL.M.
Leanne joined the Board in 2014 to provide legal expertise and counsel. She has 20 years legal experience working locally and internationally as an in-house solicitor, with law firms and as a university lecturer. Leanne specialises in intellectual property and is an invited member of the Golden Key International Honours Society, is the recipient of the Butterworth Prize twice, and has been published in leading law journals.
Sarah McSwiney, Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (Hons), MBA, MAICD
Sarah joined the Board in 2016 to provide strategic expertise, her vast knowledge of compliance, and counsel to Kilvington’s Alumni program. Since leaving Kilvington Girls Grammar in 1999, Sarah has pursued an impressive career in the aviation and aerospace industry as a design, liaison and lead engineer with organisations including Boeing Aerostructures Australia, Hawker de Havilland and EADS Space Transportation.
She is currently Enterprise Projects Manager at Boeing Research and Technology Australia, a Board Member of Aviation/Aerospace Australia, a member of the Monash MBA Alumni Advisory Committee and is Boeing’s representative to the Women in Aviation/Aerospace Australia Advisory Committee.
Richard Moore, Master of Arts with Honours (Economics); Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland
Richard was appointed to the Board in April 2019 and his expertise is in the fields of finance, governance, commerce and strategy. Richard is currently the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of software company MYOB, responsible for all aspects of finance, compliance and risk management.
During the course of his career, Richard has worked in numerous senior commercial finance roles, including CFO of Jetstar (part of the Qantas Group), CFO of BankWest Business (part of the CBA Group) and a number of senior finance roles with GE Capital in the UK and Australia. Richard brings strong commercial acumen, together with public-company governance experience, to the Kilvington Board.
Sheri Johnston, Bachelor of Arts (Economics), Member of the Institute of Charted Accountants of Australia, FGIA
Sheri was appointed to the Board in April 2019 and has almost 30 years of professional experience within the areas of governance, change management, leadership, financial management, risk management, process improvement and compliance.
Sheri has worked in numerous sectors throughout her career, including senior financial and management roles at KPMG and ANZ. She now passionately works in the for-purpose sector and is currently the CFO and Company Secretary for The Foundation for Young Australians, with responsibility for finance, risk, IT, legal, facilities and governance. She is also a director at Disability Sport and Recreation Limited.
Bruce Simons, M Ed Leadership, Policy and Change (Monash), Grad Dip Ed Admin and Policy (Monash), B Ed (Deakin), GAICD
Bruce joined the Kilvington Board in April 2020. He brings more than 40 years’ executive and strategic experience in the local and international education sector including Head of School at the Australian International School in Hong Kong and as Chief Executive Office of Lord Somers Camp and Power House.
Bruce has a deep understanding of the Australian education sector having served over 16 years as Principal with The Hamilton and Alexandra College, in which time enrolments increased by 66 per cent and considerable capital works were completed. Prior to this, he worked at Haileybury College where he held the roles of Year 12/VCE Coordinator, Dean of Extension (VCE Preparation and Revision) Programs, Senior Head of House and Head of Football.
For a number of years, Bruce served on the Executive of the Victorian Branch of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools Australia (AHISA) and on the Executive Board of Independent Schools Victoria (ISV). In recent years, Bruce has operated as a private education consultant.
Bruce has authored eight VCE (Year 12) and Year 7 and Year 8 Mathematics text books, and is currently Associate to the Principal at Bacchus Marsh Grammar.